Supporters of Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of a sexual assault more than 35 years ago, have made much about the fact that she submitted to a polygraph over the summer to back up her story.
But under questioning Thursday by an attorney retained by the Senate Judiciary Committee, Ford had one admission about the lie detector test that might have been startling even for her most ardent believers:
She didn’t know who had paid for it.
And it set off a storm among social media users watching the proceedings.
Here is the exchange between Ford and Maricopa County, Arizona, sex crimes prosecutor Rachel Mitchell. (The question about payment comes about the 3:50 mark.)
The moment came when Mitchell asked for what would seem like a routine question.
“Did you pay for the polygraph yourself?” Mitchell aske.
“I don’t think so,” Ford answered.
“Do you know who did pay for the polygraph?” Mitchell asked.
“Not yet, no,” Ford answered.
The test was given only a week after Ford’s letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the California Democrat who did not reveal its existence until the Kavanaugh confirmation hearing had ended.
While the results of the test have already been questioned by Kavanaugh supporters, Ford’s answer to Mitchell’s question drew a new round of social media criticism.
Fox News reporter Alex Pappas pushed the story on Twitter.
Charlie Kirk, founder and president of the conservative group Turning Point USA, thought that sounded suspicious.
Dr Ford doesn’t know who paid for her polygraph
A a likely expensive procedure at an offsite location, near an airport, done secretly, without knowing who paid for it
Who is paying for her lawyers? Who is paying for all of this?
There is something else going on here
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) September 27, 2018
And he wasn’t the only one.
Follow the money and the truth will come out someone paid for all this in effort to stop Trump from putting a second SCOTUS in place that supports our Constitution that all the basket of DEPLORABLES STILL BELIEVE IN
— mervin case (@mervincase3) September 27, 2018
Ford’s spotty memory has been a national subject since her identity became known in a Sept. 16 Washington Post article. For anyone to not remember details about an event that allegedly occurred more than three decades ago is understandable.
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